Agudath Israel of America lauded this week’s unanimous passage of a bill strengthening religious freedom around the world. Authored by Representative Chris Smith (R- NJ), HR 1150, the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, gives the Administration and the US State Department new resources to help combat the worldwide escalation of persecution of Christians and Anti-Semitism.
Rabbi Abba Cohen, Agudath Israel’s vice president for Federal Affairs and Washington Bureau director, said that the bill’s classification of laws against circumcision and ritual slaughter as violations of religious freedom is “an important statement at an important time. We have seen serious opposition to these rights in Europe and even in the U.S. We hope this law will deter countries that are considering such measures. Nobody wants to be seen as being in violation of religious freedom or subject to sanctions.”
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